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Lucia from GTA VI is not the first female protagonist of the series

Lucia from GTA VI is not the first female protagonist of the series

Grand Theft Auto VI’The long-awaited first trailer has arrived. and in the process confirmed that previous leaks and reports about the game co-starring a playable woman were accurate. However, she is not the first playable female character in the franchise. Technicallythere have been some playable women in GTA games before this one. The key word in that last sentence is “technically.”

This story was originally published on 07/27/2022. It has been updated after the release of the first GTAVI trailer.

The long history of Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto The franchise comprises more than a dozen open-world games featuring criminals, shootouts, and plenty of stolen cars. Most of the games have revolved around men. like CJ or Tommy Vercetti. So it was a big deal when a newly released Bloomberg report in 2022 he stated that the next game in the series, supposedly set in Vice City, will co-star a Latina woman. This was later confirmed on December 4 when Rockstar Games posted GTAVIThe first preview of a a little early after a leak.

Many have claimed that this is the first time Rockstar has let a woman star in a GTA game. But if you’re big enough GTA Nerd, like me, you know that’s not the case.

The first GTA The game that allowed you to play as a woman was… actually the original. Grand Theft Auto, released in 1997 for PC and PlayStation. That game gave you a list of characters you could choose to play as, which included not just one, but four different women: Divine, Mike, katieand Ulrica.

Now, to be clear, these four women had no say, choosing them didn’t change anything in the game, and they, like the other protags in that first one GTA, He didn’t really have any personality. Beyond their names and character portraits, you couldn’t tell you were playing as a woman due to the game’s limited visuals and top-down view. But technically, you could play a woman in Grand Theft Auto back in the late 90s.

A collage shows the four female protagonists as they appear in the first GTA.

The next game in the series that allowed you to play as a woman was GTA 2, but specifically the Game Boy Color port of Rockstar’s open-world sequel. This version of the game included two more women you could play as: Sweet and Gretchen. (This Candy has no connection to the porn star Candy Suxxx Vice city.)

Like the women in the first game, these two had no real personality or differences from the equally empty male options. And like before, once you selected them and started playing, it would be almost impossible to tell that you are playing as a woman in the game. Still, it counts!

Finally, we come to GTA online and GTAThe most famous and developed female protagonist so far. if you have played GTA online, you know that when you start the game you can choose whether you want to be a man or a woman. After that, the game (mostly) takes your choice into account, with dialogue changes specific to your gender.

And while the protagonist of GTA online He doesn’t talk or show much personality, sometimes he smiles, laughs, makes decisions and reacts to events happening around him, which is more than old school. GTA protags never administered. So while it’s a low bar to clear, GTA onlineThe female lead is also the most developed in the franchise so far.

Although she is not the first woman to be played in a GTA game, technically, Grand Theft Auto 6 Lucy It’s still a big problem for the series. Their previous attempts to include women have mostly been low-effort palette swaps and not well-written or fully voiced characters with their own personalities.

assuming GTAVI Continuing Rockstar’s trend of each new game being bigger and more cinematic than the last (for better or worse…), this new leading lady is likely to finally give the franchise the female lead it’s long deserved. a long time, and one that can keep up. -on par with any of the men.



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